The 5 Conference Sessions We Can’t Wait To See
After a short hiatus, The Family Business Conference – Asia Pacific is set to return in 2022 bigger and better than ever!
Join us on 9–11 March on the Gold Coast, Australia to reconnect with your peers, listen to world-class guest speakers and celebrate the resilience of family businesses in Australia and New Zealand.
Spanning three days, the conference will play host to an inspiring line-up of keynotes and guest speakers, all who have been carefully hand-picked to create our curated program. Whilst we are excited to see all our guest speakers present in March, here are the 5 conference sessions not to miss!
Headlining The Family Business Conference is Janine Allis. Founder of Boost Juice Bars and Executive Director of Retail Zoo.
Janine is not your everyday success story. In her 20s, she travelled the world working as a nanny in France and worked for the rock icon David Bowie on his yacht. Returning to Australia, Janine met and married ‘the one’ and they founded Boost Juice in 2000. Taking Boost Juice from an idea to an international Australian iconic brand with four kids in tow has not been an easy path.
Along that journey there have been successes, failures, huge highs and equally huge lows, but the most important things are the mistakes made and lessons learnt along the way. And as if that wasn’t enough, Janine is also Executive Director at Retail Zoo, which includes the brands Salsa’s Fresh Mex, CIBO Espresso and Betty’s Burgers & CONCRETE CO, employing almost 7,000 people across a total of 600 stores.
If there is one person who encapsulates the phrase ‘never give up’ it’s Andre Eikmeier – Founder of Good Empire and co-founder of Vinomofo.
It took twenty years, five failed businesses and three unsuccessful careers to build the overnight success that is $100m global online wine start-up Vinomofo.
In 2018, André founded Good Empire, a global community platform for projects that unite and empower people to live more connected, sustainable, and impactful lives. André will share a very real and raw account of the failures, triumphs and vital lessons that have shaped his business ventures and him as an entrepreneur.
Famous Australian brand and culture icon, Coopers, is 158 years old and still going strong.
Coopers is a brewing family. It’s in their blood. Their passion for brewing has kept the family together and helped the business through economic recessions, wars, government imposts, changing tastes, pandemics and the occasional hostile takeover bid. After dedicating over 150 years to the art of brewing, Coopers is an icon.
Australia’s leading family of brewers has restructured its senior management to enable the 5th generation to transfer from commercial to custodial roles while the upcoming 6th generation find their feet. Join Melanie Cooper and her nephew Andrew Cooper as they share how the business is transitioning from the 5th to the 6th generation, the measures they have put in place to future-proof the business, and what it feels like to be the custodians of the Coopers legacy.
Hitting a cricket ball requires you to keep your eye on the ball from the bowler’s hand to the bat. Applying this analogy in business will ultimately achieve goals. That’s what family businesses Kookaburra Sport and Packer Leather have done successfully over five generations.
Together, these family businesses pioneered the pink cricket ball that revolutionised cricket. Ross Thompson (Production Director, Kookaburra) and Lindsay Packer (Chairman/Director, Packer Leather) will discuss the 10-year partnership and how they work together to understand and meet a range of technical, environmental and market requirements for a highly competitive industry.
David Valmorbida is currently the Executive Chairman for Corval Group. Its prime operation, Conga Foods, is one of Australia’s leading private, family-owned companies in the grocery industry working with major supermarkets and boutique delicatessens alike.
If you look in your pantry, chances are you will have one or more of their brands on your shelf, be it Moro, Squeaky Gate Growers Co., Rana, Sacla, Val Verde, Zanetti, dc coffee or others. For over 70 years, the Valmorbida family have grown businesses across the spectrum of retail, wholesale, import, farming, domestic production, property, and media, all with the common thread of sharing culture and fine foods from around Australia and the world.
Having transitioned into an independent family branch 30 years ago, Corval Group is now shared by David, his brother and four sisters. The family having decided to continue the legacy of the previous generations while embarking on diversification, continued innovation, and a new focus on corporate social responsibility.
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